Camping the traditional way is great and all but there's no turning back once you get to try bringing an inflatable mattress on one of your outdoor trips. This handy camping essential is sure to give you a good night's rest even when you're out and about. It's like bringing your own bed with you but without the added weight.
An air mattress can simply be folded and packed in your camping bag, then inflated on the campsite once you're ready to use it. Want to know something better than a regular inflatable mattress? A self inflating one!
A self inflating mattress is made with every camper's convenience in mind. It saves you from the tedious and time-consuming task of manually inflating your camping mattress with a built-in pump, allowing you to enjoy your camping trip more. All you need is a portable power source to get your pump working like an inverter generator or lithium battery and you're all set to hop on that blow-up mattress!
What To Look For In An Inflatable Mattress?
Let's talk about the qualities of a good inflatable mattress from a camper's perspective. The first thing you should look at is your budget. Camping fees can be expensive, so it might be tempting to cut down on costs by going for a cheap air mattress. This is not an issue, as long as you don't forget to check the quality. You want to go for something wallet-friendly yet long-lasting and durable enough to be used in outdoor settings.
Speaking of durability, the next check when buying an inflatable mattress is the material. Punctures are usually the common causes of damage to air beds and camping areas are not exactly smooth-surfaced all the time. Ideally, it should be constructed with PVC or TPU as these are high-grade materials. You can also check out the technology used behind your air mattress.
For instance, the Bestway Inflatable Mattresses available at Outbax boast either a Tritech™ or reinforced PVC or a Fortech™, which is a combination of PVC and dense polyester fabric. Some of our best air mattresses are Bestway Tritech TWIN Inflatable Mattress which boasts a comfortable flocked sleeping surface and the Bestway Fortech Queen Size Air Bed Inflatable Mattress which features a built-in pillow for extra comfort.
Lastly, your mattress should weigh at least 400 to 500 lbs to be able to accommodate two people well. See to it that it has not just the proper size but also the correct weight for long-lasting, comfortable use.
How Long Should an Inflatable Mattress Last?
A good inflatable mattress should last for 2 years with occasional use and 8 years with everyday use. You can expect a good longevity period for a quality air mattress if you're using it for camping since the usage period is likely to be occasional only.
It's also good to keep in mind that the lifespan of your inflatable mattress can be affected by how you use it. Even a durable one made with the best materials can be damaged early on with improper use and lack of maintenance, especially if you're using it outdoors.
Hasty folding or chucking your deflated mattress in whatever space you find can cause wear and tear. Since this is an inflatable product, everything should be handled carefully from inflation to storage. There are air beds that come with a repair patch like those from Outbax, but it's still best to avoid punctures and tears to keep the quality at its best.
How To Maintain an Inflatable Mattress?
Inflatable mattress maintenance should start with proper inflation. It's best to inflate any air bed with a low-pressure pump to avoid damage due to over-inflation. Blow-up mattresses are recommended to be inflated at 90% of their maximum capacity only. Make sure that the surface you'll be placing it on is free of sharp objects like small stones and twigs. After you have inflated your camping mattress, avoid sitting on the edge of it since this causes the fabric to tear or stretch.
Keep children away from it as well both for safety and maintenance purposes. Babies and toddlers can get stuck in air beds and suffocate plus, they could be carrying items with them such as toys that may cause punctures to the inflatable mattress. After camping, deflate your air mattress properly, smooth out any bumps and wrinkles, and then roll it up gently to make sure nothing sharp is caught in it. Store it in a zip-up fabric bag and in a cool, dark place with moderate temperature.
More from Outbax
Don't miss great deals and prices on inflatable mattraesses at Outbax! Visit our website now and choose from a wide range of self inflating mattresses plus other camping equipment like LiFePO4 batteries, inverter generators, and solar panels. We even have leisure items like spas and above-ground pools for those who want to enjoy the outdoors from their own backyard. Outbax specialises in quality, budget-friendly outdoor gear so make sure you take a look at our items the next time you're planning to visit a camping store for an adventure.